Women's basketball faces MAC West opponents again starting with Toledo Wednesday
The Central Michigan women’s basketball team hosts Toledo at 7 p.m. Wednesday to begin the second round of games against Mid-American Conference West opponents.
Three of the five MAC West games are being played at home.
CMU comes into this game fresh off a 66-60 victory over Buffalo in New York, snapping a three-game losing streak. Toledo handed Bowling Green its first conference loss this season Sunday.
The last time CMU and Toledo met the Rockets won 58-53, Jan. 8. CMU head coach Sue Guevara said she plans to continue to mainly focus on defense, especially rebounds.
“During practice, we are not only looking at who is grabbing rebounds, but also who has opportunities to crash the boards, and working on having everyone try and grab the rebound,” Guevara said.
Guevara is also paying attention to her team’s shot selection.
“Toledo’s defense is strong,” Guevara said. “They are determined to stay between their man and the basket forcing the difficult shots, so we need to push for the better opportunities rather than take low percentage shots.”
Three of the top scorers in the MAC will be on the court Wednesday. Toledo’s Andola Dortch averages 14.3 points per game, while CMU has Crystal Bradford averaging 15.4 points and Jessica Green averaging 14.2 points.
Snatching rebounds will also be key as Yolanda Richardson of Toledo, who currently averages 7.9 rebounds per game, will square up with Jas’Mine Bracey, who is averaging 6.9 rebounds a game.
Wednesday’s game will be the annual “Play4Kay” breast cancer awareness game for CMU. Fans are encouraged to show support and wear pink clothing. In addition, all fans who make a donation to the Kay Yow Foundation will be eligible for a “Buy One, Get One” special on ticket purchases.